As Boris Johnson was about to deliver his resignation speech on July 7, new Education Minister Andrea Jenkyns made a moody gesture to the screaming crowd.
UK – The finger of dishonor. In the UK, new Education Minister Andrea Jenkyns was filmed holding out his middle finger to the crowd gathered outside 10 Downing Street on Thursday 7 July. Asked to explain, she gave her reasons for her, but she refused to apologize.
After the resignations of many of his ministers, “BoJo” had to make a resignation speech attended by deputies. It was on arriving there, before crossing the doors of the palace, that Andrea Jenkyns, in a yellow dress, was visibly carried away.
This gesture by the Conservative MP, loyal to Boris Johnson, was heavily criticized by the political class. In a statement shared on Twitter on Saturday, the minister said she should have shown “more composure,” but she refused to apologize, saying the incident occurred after receiving multiple death threats.
“On Thursday morning I went to Downing Street to see the Prime Minister’s resignation speech. A screaming crowd outside insulted the MPs as they entered, which sadly is all too common, “she wrote.
“After receiving massive amounts of insults from some people who have been there over the years, I have also received seven death threats in the past four years. Of which two of the last few weeks that I am currently the subject of a police investigation, I have run out of my nerves, “she continues.” I answered and defended myself. Why should one endure this kind of treatment? I should have shown more composure, but I’m only human ”, concludes the minister.
“Ministers should set the highest standards in office. I’m sorry, but this is appalling conduct for a Crown Minister. This is exactly why we need a new prime minister: to restore the ministerial code and respect for service responsibilities in the public service, “said George Freeman, former minister of science and education, on Saturday. over 50 ministers who resigned from the government.
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This article was originally published on The HuffPost and has been updated.
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